Humans are happiest when surrounded by nature. Dotting your home with wood finishes and stone inlays brings in elements of the outdoors, but nothing springs your home to life like decorating with flowers.
Here are ten creative ways to freshen up your space with living ingredients.
Think outside the vase. Instead of going for a run-of-the-mill flower vessel, get imaginative with a unique container, one that can handle flowers and water and/or soil. Try your favorite wine bottle, a custom-painted glass bottle, tin cans, old bowls, or even a rubber boot by an entryway.
This Chic Bamboo Vase is worth a look-see.
Perpetuity with Perennials
Fresh flowers from the local farmers market can fill your space with tantalizing smells and an outdoor ambiance for about a week. But a hardy perennial not only looks great—they’ll last as long as your diligent green thumb does.
Contrast with Color
What pops out against white bathroom tile? What colors will create a harmonious balance in your kitchen, calming you as you mow through piles of dishes? Study your surroundings and strategize appropriately with a specific floral palette.
Space it Out
When arranging a bouquet, separate larger buds with leaves and sprinkle greens between flowers instead of piling them all together. Frame your flowers attractively to showcase the main event by having some greenery draping off the vase. Have a fan of leaves enclosing the blossoms from behind.
It’s Alive... Again!
Have a bouquet that’s on its last leg? Wilting flowers can spring back to life in a number of ways but changing direction is more fun. Remove the stems from the buds, fill your favorite big bowl nearly to the brim with water, and let each bud float atop the water. Watch as the buds happily extend their lives for a few more days.
For those who aren’t the best flower moms and dads, succulents are your answer. Create a living wall, alternate pot colors, or simply litter your home with these hearty little guys. Make a visible succulent garden by layering rocks, moss, potting charcoal, and soil in clear mason jars, and plant your succulent on top. Repeat 20 times and spread across your home.
What if you want to enliven your home with flowers but are even killing your succulents? If standard artificial flowers don’t excite you, here’s a new craze to get behind as well as a fun project to dive into: paper flowers. From paper spider mums to roses, check out this tutorial to get your design ideas flowing.
Food Coloring for Painted Water
Clear vases aren’t just for holding boring ol’ water and a few flowers. Add a few drops of food coloring to a clear vase for themed parties or to liven up a dull countertop. Mix up colors with multiple vases or match water colors to the color of your flowers.
Pots sprouting from your floors can infuse your space with a foresty feel. But what about plants hanging from your ceiling? Adding hanging plants to an interior adds new layers, breaking up your space with living features.
Be Vivid With Vintage
Vintage décor brings a timeless atmosphere into the folds of your rooms. Get crafty, mixing flowers with vintage holders—old tin cans, wooden crates, rustic planters—even an old birdcage can be used to house part of your interior garden.
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